An injury, disability or traumatic illness can be one of the most trying experiences for you or a family member to endure. But through a comprehensive course of rehabilitation, most people are able to return to quality, independent lives. Therapy plays an important role in the rehabilitation process. Physical and occupational therapists work with patients to help them regain mobility and function and to reduce or eliminate pain.
Less stress, faster recovery.
Mercy’s Hydroworx 300 underwater treadmill takes advantage of the body’s natural buoyancy in water, helping you perform therapy with less stress on your limbs. Your recovery is quicker and more comfortable. It’s a perfect rehabilitation option following orthopedic surgery or injury.
Our treadmill is located in a private room near the outpatient rehab center. Our therapist or personal trainer will work one-on-one with you to help you get the most out of your session.
The ADA-accessible treadmill is in a glass enclosure and fills with fresh water for each patient. The water level and handrails are customized to your height, weight and tasks to be performed in the session.
Even Mercy Kids can benefit from aquatic therapy.
Meet with your physician to learn if aquatic therapy is right for you.
*A doctor’s order is required for physical therapy appointments.
The HydroWorx 300 is a project funded by the Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott.
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Mercy also offers pediatric physical therapy as part of our outpatient services.
Physical Therapy trains the brain and the body to work together, which is why our specially trained therapists teach kids to repeat movement patterns and exercises in a concentrated period of time. For children with neuromuscular disorders, such as cerebral palsy, repetition and consistency is necessary to re-educate the nervous system. Children learn by the process of trial and error. In the case of a child with developmental delay, intensive therapy allows kids to master skills in a shorter time frame.
Our trained pediatric therapist adapts everyday play activities for kids to help them strengthen and develop their abilities.
Intensive Pediatric Therapy is often prescribed for the following diagnosis in patient’s age birth to 18 years:
- Premature birth
- Cerebral palsy
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Developmental delay
- Idiopathic toe walking
- Orthopedic Issues
- Friedrick’s ataxia
- Muscular dystrophy
A prescription for physical therapy is required from the child’s physician. Please discuss the benefits of therapy with your child’s doctor.
Therapy sessions focus on many components that enable the child to develop to their individual potential. These include:
- Improved Posture
- Proprioceptive Input
- Sensory Integration
- Neuromuscular Education
- Gait Training
- Motor Planning and Development
Strengthening exercises to improve the child’s flexibility and strength. With new strength, new functional skills are possible
- An increase in core strength and trunk control
- Strength gained equated to improved posture and can facilitate improvements in gross and fine motor skills
- Improved respiratory function
- Improved speech
- An increase in sensory integration
- A positive self-esteem